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Investigators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are once again turning their gaze to the Toyota Tundra. The regulatory group's study of the popular pickup's steering mechanism already led to a recall of 790,000 units last year, which included models like the 2002-2004 Sequoia and 2001-2002 4Runner.

NHTSA's new inquiry affects some 95,000 2004 model year Tundras built after September 30, 2003, and centers on the potential failure of front suspension ball joints. The potentially faulty part has been blamed for an accident resulting in an injury.

[Source: Bloomberg News]



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      • 9 Years Ago
      GM has the highest owner loyalty of any car maker. I've owned American, Japanese, German, English, and Swiss auto's and the GM cars were the most reliable. The German car was the most troublesome and required the most shop time.

      I have not always agreed with GM styling(aztec)but mechanically they can not be beaten.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Tahoe sales are up 50% from last year.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Ryan...

      Its amazing how many older GM cars are still on the road. The majority around here are ten years old or older. I see a lot of early 90's Buicks and Pontiacs. I drive a 94 Buick Regal and that thing is solid. I would trust it over any Toyota. I dont even know the last time I saw a ten year old Toyota. Its been a couple weeks. Hell, I rarely see new ones. The last somewhat new Toyota I saw was my friends used Camry. And that thing is starting to go and its only a 99.

      My best friend worked at a body shop in a Lincoln-Mercury dealership and all they got in there were Japanese cars with horrible rust. Most of them were Toyotas and people were trying to salvage whatever was left of them. He said it was amazing how many went through there for body work or engine work.

      And the new Tahoes arent selling? I see a lot more of those than anything. Definitely a lot more than Toyota's SUV's...
      • 9 Years Ago
      I swore after seeing a half-gallon of casting sand flushed out of my coolant tracks in my '89 C1500, rebuilding the transmission 4 times, replacing the alternator 3 times, 2 starters, and the floor rotting out in less than 8 years that I would never buy another GM.

      I have a 10 yr old toyota. Last month the battery died. That's about the extent of problems I've seen with it. There's not a swatch of rust to be found on the vehicle either.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #18 I never said I didn't have a bias, everyone has a bias.

      It's just how you use and/or abuse your bias/opinion by trying to convince others it's fact...
      • 9 Years Ago
      "what do you see more on the highways? Old Toyota's or old GM's cars? Yup thats right, more Toyota's. "

      I'm not sure what state you live in, whether you are just a GM basher, or are just plain blind, but in the midwest, I see probably 10 old GM cars for every 1 old Toyota (or Honda and Nissan).

      And that remark you made about us shipping GM cars to 3rd world countries is somewhat hipocriticall seeing as Honda (maybe Toyota also) was buying back some of their older cars from the owners and selling them in Asia so there would be less of a bad perception of broken down Hondas.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #20 Toyota's service centers aren't open till midnight because they cars break down, their open late to increase profit, the same holds true to other industries as well (Taco Bell, Wendys, etc.)
      • 9 Years Ago
      F--K Toyota!

      There how`s that?
      BOBP
      • 9 Years Ago
      The people on this site just never cease to amaze me with your continual US bashing on these issues. Why don't you all just shut up!

      I'm sure as Toyota market share increases so will their recalls and reliability issues. Their recalls increase from around 500,000 vehicles last year to over 2,000,000 this year. When you hell bent on being #1 in the world, quality is going to lapse. As long as people like Ryan are around Toyota can hide behind the US bashers and fool people into thinking how good they are. If they are really so good I wonder why one of the largest Toyota dealers in the midwest has service hours until midnight 5 days a week and 8 to 5 on saturday. It's not just maintenance alone.
      • 9 Years Ago
      You know it's really sad that the article is about TOYOTA having issues and the anti-american's are still posting on this article about GM and Ford! LOL! I have yet to take a serious look at the FJ Cruiser but 18/22 mpg isn't impressive (if one is really to believe those fuel economy numbers). A quick look on their website reveals "Toyota FJ Cruisers are designed to meet most off-road driving requirements. Abusive use may result in bodily harm or damage. Toyota encourages responsible operation to protect you, your vehicle and the environment."

      Well the import lovers will still believe that Toyota makes indestructable vehicles no matter what...
      • 9 Years Ago
      8. #2 Before you start bashing toyota, what do you see more on the highways? Old Toyota's or old GM's cars?

      I don't know about you, but I see a lot more old Chevy Ford and Dodge pickups than old Toyota pickups. The few old Toyota pickups I do see are in deplorable, rusty condition. Domestic pickups are more popular and still hold up well over the years. So check your facts before you haphazardly bash the domestics.
      • 9 Years Ago
      #33...

      The ball joints failed on my friends truck and they didnt make a lot of noise...well they did for about three seconds before they busted.

      The fact is...EVERY FREAKING COMPANY HAS RECALLS! Its a way of life. It happens. Get over it. I, personally, dont like Toyota. And its because they rust like crazy, all my friends that have owned Toyotas always had problems and because my friend and his co-workers at the Lincoln dealership showed me how bad they are. Toyota may be climbing the sales ladder but they arent all high and mighty like most think. I will always buy American and if I do buy Japanese, I will buy Mazda. Toyota can keep their Yawn-mobiles...
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